Burning Alms’ hail from Birmingham, UK – their sound recalls the noise-pop of Hot Snakes, Glenn Branca, Swans and Sun Kil Moon. The band has shared the single “Mid-Storm / Still Ending” from their debut album ‘In Sequence.’
John Biggs (Guitar/Vocals) and Tom Whitfield (Drums) share a long history in a variety of musical guises. Their writing partnership began more than a decade ago with the sinewy singalongs of the much loved quartet Distophia. This morphed into the more rock-oriented trio Calories (Tough Love Records) and since 2012 as a duo in Burning Alms.
“Mid-Storm / Still Ending” is the first single taken from debut album, ‘In Sequence’. The track is based on a poetic vignette from Jean Toomers’ modernist novel ‘Cane’. Inspired by classic American literature, existentialism and the “…creeping, inevitable demise of our fragile environment.” The song weaves a compelling narrative which disturbs and exhilarates in equal parts.
John explains further “This song is the first of a set of four tracks purposely grouped together on the album. Mid-Storm / Still Ending / Night Climates / The Pastoral / Forest Clearing. In this set of songs, there are contrasting musical emotions, improvisational elements and lyrical repetition. In short, pretentious shizzel!”. This claustrophobic, multicoloured vision is echoed in the promo clip that accompanies the single.
‘In Sequence’ is available on Limited Transparent Vinyl LP and Digital Formats from August 4th.
21st June – Birmingham & Beyond Festival
26th June – L’Espace B, Paris, France
1st August – Hare & Hounds – Kings Heath, Birmingham (with Virals)
7th August – Camden Black Heart, London
9th August – Telford All Dayer
23rd August – Water Rats, London
30th August – Custard Factory, Birmingham